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Prison inmates cheer arrival of new French justice minister

The inmates of Fresnes prison loudly welcomed the arrival of Eric Dupond-Moretti at Fresnes prison, on Tuesday, July 7.

Published: July 8, 2020, 8:57 am

    Paris

    Dupond-Moretti declared this week that he would be a justice minister for “half-bloods” and his “ministry will be that of anti-racism and human rights”.

    But “Théo” will no longer be able to count on the support of the star lawyer. Dupond-Moretti defended the young immigrant, injured during a police check in Aulnay in 2017. His arrest resulted in violent riots. Because the lawyer has been appointed as justice minister, he will probably not be able to plead. This is a heavy blow for Théo, who counted on Dupond-Moretti in a trial expected in late 2020, or early 2021.

    “He is a bit dejected, he does not wish to speak to anyone for the moment … ” said Eléonore Luhaka, Théo’s older sister. Once a media darling, the young man (25) has been avoiding the media since his lawyer’s promotion.

    On the occasion of his appointment, a heated debate between Dupond-Moretti and Éric Zemmour has resurfaced. It took place during the Zemmour & Naulleau show on Paris Première, in March 2017, notably about immigration.

    After the lawyer claimed that France would come to a standstill without its migrants, Zemmour dryly answered: “Today we have categories, territories that are no longer part of France, where we no longer live like French.”

    Rather than respond to this argument, Éric Dupond-Moretti preferred to remind his interlocutor that he had recently been convicted in correctional court for having estimated that jihadists were considered “by all Muslims as good Muslims”.

    Zemmour responded: “You see your contradictions, on the one hand you say that the judges allow themselves anything and when it is I who am condemned, then in that case they did well. […] You are not here to put me on trial,” he reminded the lawyer.

    But the lawyer pushed ahead: “If the Arabs tomorrow, and the emigrants, and all the people who came here, get out, you are in shit because you’ll have to do your own cleaning!”

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